Books by Rochelle Krich

NOW YOU SEE ME... by Rochelle Krich
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"Despite a tangled plot and a muffled killer, Krich puts a sure finger on the painful spots where ordinary kids' problems turn into murderous melodrama—all at a bargain price."
Freelance reporter Molly Blume (Dream House, 2003, etc.) searches for the missing daughter of the rabbi she idolized until he betrayed her. Read full book review >
GRAVE ENDINGS by Rochelle Krich
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

"Molly (Blues in the Night, 2002) keeps getting tangled in plots as threatening as those that confront her sister sleuth Detective Jesse Drake. But if you want a facile tutorial on contemporary females grappling with the orthodox Jewish lifestyle, Molly's your gal. "
If your best friend has been a corpse for six years, she can hardly be your maid of honor. Read full book review >
DREAM HOUSE by Rochelle Krich
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Krich shifts suspicion expertly from corner to corner of her broad canvas. Whatever you think of arson and murder, you'll be glad you don't live in Hancock Park."
Rehabbers and preservationists fiddle while LA burns. Read full book review >
BLUES IN THE NIGHT by Rochelle Krich
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Like Krich's Det. Jessie Drake series (Shadows of Sin, 2001, etc.), a Judaica primer, only this time with much Bubbie-quoting and a more savvy heroine."
As a favor to her grandmother and her matchmaking sisters, divorced, quasi-religious true-crime writer Molly Blume agrees to date her former beau Zack Abrams, now returned to LA as—what a catch!—a rabbi. But romance gets put on the backburner when Molly becomes intrigued with why Lenore Saunders was wandering the curves of Laurel Canyon in her nightie, got smacked by a hit-and-run, was hospitalized and supposedly mending, then committed suicide. Lenore's best friend Nina, who was also under psychiatrist Lawrence Korwin's care for severe depression, insists they told each other everything, yet she had no idea Lenore was pregnant. Again. Neither did Lenore's ex, Robbie, who now running for City Council and planning to marry the wealthy Jillian. Was the baby his? Dr. Korwin might know, but patient confidentiality keeps him mum. Lenore's mother probably did know, but she's lying in her tub with her wrists slit. Perhaps the answer is in Lenore's journals, but they seem to have disappeared. And whatever happened to Max, Lenore's other child? Robbie tells Molly that Lenore shook him to death while suffering from postpartum psychosis. Reading the transcript of her trial and interviewing the prosecuting attorney, Molly reluctantly concludes that Lenore, for whom she had felt sympathy, probably never suffered from P.P.P., may not even have killed Max, but hoodwinked her psychiatrist and the jury into letting her off with a wrist slap and treatment. Read full book review >
SHADOWS OF SIN by Rochelle Krich
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Jessie's fifth outing (Dead Air, 2000, etc.) mixes an unbelievably naive rabbi trying to treat sociopaths, a double dose of half-hearted misdirection, and a few genuinely peaceful moments when Jessie sits down for some religious introspection."
When wealthy, philandering plastic surgeon Ronald Bushnell is dispatched with a bullet to his head and another to his groin, and two of his staff are murdered almost as afterthoughts—or potential eyewitnesses—L.A. Detective Jessie Drake and her partner Phil Okum find no shortage of suspects. There's Bushnell's unconvincingly grieving widow Celeste; his daughter Adrienne, who fought with daddy over the unsuitability of her boyfriend Ethan (who had lived with the family ever since his mom, Bushnell's nurse, committed suicide when he was eight); Clara, a disenchanted client who was harassing the doctor; Barbara, a more recent nurse/lover he'd just fired; and his no-show last patient of the day, Clifford Bronte. Interrogating and finding all of them takes so much time that Jessie misses one of her Judaica classes and is late to light the Shabbat candles, while Phil makes little headway on another case they're working. Furthermore, Jessie's mom is lobbing barbs her way; her father is behaving suspiciously; and her sister, a former child-abuser, is pregnant again. Jessie's ex-husband, a crime reporter, will press her for a scoop, and her new suitor Ezra will decipher a clue in Hebrew that will lead Jessie to another of the doctor's liaisons, as well as to a suicide and a husband's enmity, before she wraps up the case. Read full book review >
FERTILE GROUND by Rochelle Krich
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

Murder is the least of the chicanery at an L.A. fertility clinic in this tautly-moving tale. Even before her fiancÇ disappears, Dr. Lisa Brockman has bad feelings about the death of Chelsea Wright. The waitress had taken $2500 to serve as an anonymous egg donor to Lisa's Westwood clinic in order to tide herself over until she could start earning money as a teacher. Now that she's dead, though, she may cost the clinic thousands of times that amount. Someone has started a rumor that instead of implanting infertile women with their own fertilized eggs, the clinic has been switching eggs, leaving its clients pregnant with the children of strangers. The most devastating accusation—that Orthodox Jewish client Naomi Hoffman's eggs, so conscientiously shepherded at every step of the implantation process by a shomer tasked with insuring that her baby will be her own, are really Chelsea's—is turning out, despite all apparent evidence to the contrary, to be the hardest to disprove. Now Naomi and her husband, a rabbinic student, are going bonkers; Chelsea's grieving parents are preparing to sue for custody of the baby they're convinced is their grandchild; reporters across town have emblazoned the clinic on their Rolodexes; and it's all falling to Lisa to sort out, because the clinic director, her fiancÇ Dr. Matthew Gordon, has taken a powder—or been murdered to keep his mouth shut. Suddenly, Lisa finds her life (literally) threatened and (figuratively) falling apart. Beginning with a guided tour of current research on infertility problems and solutions, Krich (Speak No Evil, 1996, etc.) expertly ratchets up the tension (should Lisa trust the advances of fellow clinician Sam Davidson? What will happen if she goes undercover as an ob/gyn patient herself? How can she disprove the thickening legal allegations?), saving a few choice surprises for dessert. Krich makes use of the suspense formula to put a hot-button issue—the problems of parenthood in the age of fertility clinics—under the knife. Read full book review >